In the aftermath of September 11, a writer to The
New York Times spoke for
many New Yorkers when he wrote, "There is no more eloquent testimony to the
mindlessness of term limits than the performance of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani
during this time of crisis. We mistake change for improvement, and New York City
will be the poorer because of our unwillingness to let the voters decide when a
leader should depart."